Kaliningrad ● Minsk ● Moscow ● Volgograd ● Krasnodar ● Naberezhnye
Chelny ● Izhevsk
The electronic music legend again in
The first big tour Camouflage (Germany) in Russia.
Camouflage – the new album, new musical methods but
the same love of the Russian fans of the band, that didn’t change
after two visits of the band to our country. This time the band could
be seen not only the Russian cities’ inhibitions but the Belarusian
fans too. The band will travel across Kaliningrad, Moscow, Volgograd,
Krasnodar, Izhevsk, NAberezhny Chelny and also Minsk.
The returning of “M-Radio”, the legend’s returning became, seems, the
brightest event of this autumn. “M-Radio doesn’t give the reason to
forget about it and declares the returning to Moscow of the legendary
band Camouflage which deserved to be called the founders of the
synthpop style of the music.
During their career they became the etalon of the quality electronic
sound which meanwhile were always more than “music from the
synthesizers”. The band uses as live drums as guitars creating the
musing and playing shows. Most critics agree that Camouflage are one
of the more interesting bands working in the electronic direction.
First steps into a music they made yet in 1981. In
1983 – four friends Heiko Maile, Marcus Meyn, Oliver Kreyssig and
Martin Kähling created the band called "Lizenenced Technology". Martin
left the band in 1984 and the rest stayed as trio and renamed
themselves into Camouflage –it was one of the songs of "Yellow Magic
Orchestra".The first single «The Great Commandment» was recorded and
released 2 years later at the small German label "Westside", but this
song became popular only in 1987 after releasing in a new version by "Metronome
Records”. Camouflage appeared in a spotlight after that not only in
Germany but far away from its borders. They reached even twice with
the remix of that single for the Billboard charts. After the intensive
rotation at the independent radios the band took the 3rd place letting
go up only The Cure and Depeche Mode but leaving behind such the bands
like New Order, Erasure and The Smiths. Two yet singles were released
in 1988 «That Smiling Face» and «Neighbours» and the debut album «Voices
and Images» followed after..
The second album saw the light in the next (1989) year and it was "Methods
Of Silence". The release included the worldwide known hit "Love Is A
Shield", that was released along with "One Fine Day" as the singles.
The tour followed and had the great success. Camouflage played the
shows with 3 additional musicians. Oliver Kreyssig left the band for 8
years in 190 and the duo Camouflage changed their course. 2 years
later the new album was released, it was very different stylistically
comparing with 2 previous ones. «Meanwhile» was recorded with using of
the instruments guys never used before including guitars. Two singles
supported this third album «Handsome» and «Heaven (I want you)». But
in 1993 hey return to the electronic sound and the fourth album «Bodega
Bohemia» with a few singles «Suspicious Love», «Jealousy» and «Close»
were released. The song «Suspicious Love» became a club hit in Germany
and continued the line of the world electronic scene brilliants with «The
Great Commandment» and «Love is a Shield» at the beginning of it. The
fifth album «Spice Crackers» saw the light in 1995 accompanied by 2
singles yet «Bad News» and «X-ray» where the band had some experiments
with trance and techno elements.
The long period of silence came after that was brought only once in
1997 by releasing of the best of compilation «We Stroke The Flames»
contained 16 tracks in one CD. Oliver that worked on the Polydor that
time worked on the design and presentation of the CD. I gave him the
possibility to join Camouflage again but with another role. During the
break Heiko produced the synth bands and remixes and contributed the
back vocals to the band calling Sea Of Sin. The rumors about the band
reunion appeared at the end of 1998 and the first Camouflage tribute
was released by Synthphony Records called «The Greatest Commandments».
On July, 1999 "THIEF" single should be published,
the song that corresponds the very best 80-es traditions and stylistic
of glorious "Love is a Shield" times, nevertheless it is enough modern
and resembles early DM. That time another outstanding event has taken
place - Oliver Kreissig got Camouflage back to its original body with
his returning. New album "Sensor" should have been published in 1999,
but it was not because of the conflict arose between the band and
publishing company Virgin. Such a situation continued for the next 3
years when finally, after the remixed singe "The Great Commandment
2.0" publishing (produced out from London by TOY, known as Depech Mode
"ULTRA" participant) the contract with Virgin was cancelled. Some
drums parts were performed by Christian Eigner, who took part also in
several DM concert tours.
The returning to the mother label - Polydor was marked by the "Rewind"
- the compilation of the best of Camouflage, digitally remastered and
with all band's videos DVD encluded. Dance project "Resistance D"
single called "You Were There" was published by Polydor on March. The
song sounded similar to other Camouflage songs, thus, due to the lack
information, calling perplexity among listeners. Everything became
clear when it's turned out that Marcus and his friends musicians
PASCAL F.E.O.S. and Maik Maurice were involved into the project.
Helping to compose the song Marcus recorded the vocal. The single rose
up to the 63-d position in Germain chart.
Finally Camouflage fans received at last the
complete album "Sensor", published in Russia, together with Moscow,
S.-Petersburg and Kaliningrad live gigs. The Concert at Gorbunov's in
Moscow collects those, expected for the Camouflage coming to Moscow
for the whole period of its existance. And Camouflage aren't letting
down. Everyone involved will remember the unforgettable 2 hours
performance. Camouflage showed the real master class. No band (excluding
probably Depeche Mode) performed with such a proffesionalism.
Camouflage gave a numerous of the successful concerts in frames of the
new tour including Moscow. The legendary band Technologia supported
Camouflage gave an energy to more than 1000 visitors of INFINITY club
from the first sound and the heroes of the evening Markus, Heiko,
Oliver and the drummer Jochen entered the stage after. The melancholy
in their eyes, love to the audience – that’s Camouflage. The concert
took more than 2 hours they left the stage 3 times but returned After
the show Jochen and Oliver stayed for the after show party with warm
company of the fans.
The band wrote later: “Russian fans are the most energetic. They
gifted to us unforgettable impression from the show we ever had. We
would be happy to meet you again!”
Meanwhile the recording company Polydor, which signed the contract
with the band was not interested in the new album that leaded to the
fact the band quiet and signed the contract with SPV in August, 2005.
Heiko moved from Stuttgart to Berlin and based the studio there
becoming the producer of the new album. Camouflage gave only 2 shows
in Germany in 2005 concentrating at the new songs.
August, 25 2006 the German trio gave to the
audience the new longplay «Relocated». It was the logical continue of
the previous «Sensor», talking musically, the same beautiful melodies,
good arrangements that weren’t used before. Bands knows how to create
December, 10 you can see the legendary band in Moscow and taste their
new and classical hits in a live way.
Welcome at the Camouflage
concert in the Moscow “Apelsin” club.
December, 10. 20.00
The special guest of the tour – TECHNOLOGIA
the prior selling, the ticket’s price - 900 rubles.
On the day of the concert, the ticket’s price – 1100 rubles
V.I.P. – 1500 rubles.
V.I.P. (BEST) – 3000 rubles.
THE CAMOUFLAGE DISCOGRAPHY:
• 1988 - Voices & Images
• 1989 - Methods of Silence
• 1991 - Meanwhile
• 1993 - Bodega Bohemia
• 1995 - Spice Crackers
• 2003 - Sensor
• 2006 - Relocated
To watch the video of a new song Motif Sky and the European video tour
diary as well to listen ‘Relocated’ preview:
The review of the previous concert of Camouflage (2004) and the photo
reportage are here:
RELOCATED TOUR 2006
• 08.12 – Kaliningrad
• 09.12 – Minsk*
• 10.12 – Moscow*
• 11.12 – Krasnodar*
• 13.12 – Volgograd*
• 15.12 – Naberezhnye Chelny
• 16.12 – Izhevsk*
* - with Technologia as the support.
regarding the informational support:
The official Camouflage site: